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    • Possibly the single heaviest thing you'll add to your packing list for your long motorcycle trip is your tools, but does it have to be.

      A few little changes can make a big difference but also give you a great selection of tools for almost every eventuality

      I'll break it down for you and give you a good idea of size and weight

    • I stuffed it all in a kids pencil case, except the enduro stand and even though it looks like its full its not

      That case is a little bigger than a can of coke, total weight is 2.6lbs, and with what's inside Icould strip down almost any metric motorcycle

    • Wrenches, I happen to have a set 8-14mm of titanium ones from a company called ADVmonster, most other sets I've seen are four in total, and the 13 and 14mm are interchanged. This is dependent on if you have a Japanese or Euro bike

    • On a long ride getting a tire off your rim could be a definite possiblility whether you use tubed or tubes tires. Breaking a bead can be a bear, these make it easy and as you can see I use them A LOT.

      These are a Motion Pro product

    • Also from Motion Pro I carry a third tire iron that double as an axle wrench. The inset is a 3/8" adaptor for the sockets.

      Using this as a wrench/ ratchet (not it doesn't have geared teeth) it has good length to get a bigger amount of torque on a fastener if required

    • The sockets i carry are 3/8" drive, I do this so I can use the Motion Pro tire iron with adaptor to 'break' the fastener lose, then the inner part of the adaptor, on the back (not shown) is a 1/4" drive size. I then grab the 1/4" drive ratchet to do the remaining losening or tightening, and switch to the 3/8" to do the final torque

      The extension is a 6" and the part laying next to it is 14" to 3/8" adaptor. This way I have a great number of combinations but not an extra set of sockets

      Most fasteners on a motorcycle won't need a large amount of torque to be tight so generally 1/4" will help you in most areas

      Once this is all stacked together the extension and adaptor hold it as one piece (look at the first post) to keep everything together neatly

    • for a little tighter grip and as a multi tool I carry the Leatherman Crunch, if you're not familiar these are vise grips that fold back inside themselves for storage (again see first post)

      ...and like other Leatherman tools have a bunch of other tools inside, knife, screwdriver etc

    • A 1/4" ratchet, mine is actually double sided so has the capability to hold 1/4" drive bits, like flat tip, phillips tip screwdrivers, allen bits, torx bits etc.

    • A good addition to a tool kit is some kit of stand for the ties you need to take a wheel off your bike, or maybe oil a chain.

      This one is made by a company called Endurostar and can be adjusted for height.

      A huge weight savings on a motorcycle is removal of a center stand and using this as a replacement.

      Another is reducing your body weight...but that a whole other story

    • From here the rest is up to you!

      Add ons could be a set or specific Allen keys, or torx keys or both, but as mentioned bits can be bought and used along with the right type of ratchet

      Safety wire, duct tape, electrical tape, fuses, connectors, wd40, loctite, tire repair kits, screwdriver for your specific bike be it Phillips or JIS, and on and on

      Toolkits are always a challenge to keep the weight down but using this as a basic starting point I have hopefully saved you a few pounds and also shown how to reduce size as well

    • The key to a Macgyver fix is using what you can find not carrying it or at least it not being obvious, this makes for more out of the box thinking.

      My best fix that lasted the longest was a fix on an english guys Harley Davidson Sportster. He was having oiling issues and I stopped to help him at the side of the road in Argentina.

      I had Duct Tape with me, found a yogurt carton plastic lid on the side of the road and did a work around for him. I told him "in the next big town get it fixed but this will get you there."

      A few months later I got a message from him as he arrived at his local HD dealership, having ridden from Argentina to Alaska, then to New York, then to his dealership in England.

      He said his mechanic smiled and told him "that's exactly what i'd have done to get here for the last few miles." when he then told him about his trip of 20,000 miles and it had lasted the whole way, he said the mechanic almost fainted.

      Sorry but I don't have a photo of the Macgyvering so you'll have to use your imagination for an image

    • That is a very neat tool kit. It made me rethink why am I carrying around approximately 10 lbs (if not more on occasion) of tools and spare parts with me. So I guess to understand this, I must go back to understanding "why" am I carrying these with me. Occasional repairs, maintenance, or just peace of mind??

      I'd have to admit - with a well sorted and maintained motorcycle I never have to bring that tool kit out, at all, before the major service is due. But it was very nice to be able to help fellow riders on the road side, or to ad-hoc make a new set of spark plug wires when I was suspecting them one time. The tire plug kit and compressor has been a life saver countless times. (I know your post is only about the tools not a tire kit) Below is a view of an older version for the majority of stuff I carry on a long trip.

      Edit: These are some spares and other 'emergency' items, some of them taken along mostly for peace of mind during a cross country trip on a second hand Guzzi that was - shall I call it 'temperamental' ? 😜

    • I have one of those, it's really great and am thankful for learning about them. Much better than the vise grip for most uses, not exactly the same for other uses.

    • in the first photo you could reduce size./ weight by switching to leyzene products, their tire repair kit is about the size of your thumb abd obviously a lot lighter

      Also stopped using that huge electric pump, and got something half the size, and what I like about it, it has two schrader valves so you can check pressure while you are filling with air

      Its a dynaplug version

      in your second photo I would get ride of the jumper cable with the huge crocodile clips and replace it with one of these in location so you just plug if need be

      and a foot plate for a side stand, i just use a beer can or a rock, but normally weld a large washer in the bottom of the kick stand and never need it

      Not sure if I like the socket set, there are a lot of recessed nuts and bolts on most motorcycles so that set up only allows you to get to them if you can be square on and at the same level, no extension. I would lean towards one of these if were an type you specifically wanted, an it includes extension parts

    • He said his mechanic smiled and told him "that's exactly what i'd have done to get here for the last few miles." when he then told him about his trip of 20,000 miles and it had lasted the whole way, he said the mechanic almost fainted.

      I think it takes an extreme amount of faith in your MacGyverness, or a complete abandon of the risk of being SOL in the middle of knowhere, to drive a bike held together with duct tape and a yoghurt cup lid for that many miles.


    • Thank you for the list of tools. I've been trying to figure out the best tool kit for each of my motorcycles and this is a good start. At this time I carry things I don't need and I'm sure there are things I should carry but I don't. So far I haven't been stranded by my lack of decent tools but it could happen.

      I retired a few months ago and plan to ride a lot more than I have in the past but with that my budget has also been reduced so inexpensive tools would be a benefit as long as they aren't so cheap they break or bend the first time they are used.

      Thanks again, and keep the good things coming. . .

    • Question: How or where do you store the enduro stand? I have one and like it but haven't figured out a good storage area. It can be put almost anywhere but I'm curious how you pack yours.

    • If you used this as your base kit, then had additions for each bike for bike specific tools, maybe putting two dots of red paint for one bike, one dot for another etc. you could just grab the extras needed or not needed for each bike

    • a real cheap tool bag is one of these and the enduro stand fits in it with the foot and head removed. Well made and very durable for the price

      In the same general location they sell these and also sell a multi pack of different sizes for a few dollars more, I've used the smallest to put the extra parts in and a few other little tools that might otherwise get lost